Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bolivia asks the Iranian Defense Minister to leave the country

LA PAZ, 1 Jun. The Government of Bolivia has asked the Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, accused of orchestrating an attack on Israel Argentina Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires in 1994, to leave the country, as recorded by a letter from the Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca, to his Argentine counterpart, Hector Timerman.

"The Government of Bolivia has made provisions for, so that Mr. Ahmad Vahidi immediately abandon the Bolivian territory," reflects the letter, clarifying that the Iranian official visit in the Andean country, at the invitation its Ministry of Defense. Bolivian Foreign Minister apologizes to his Argentine counterpart, explaining that "know the background for this case," referring to the AMIA bombing, because "no established reference levels and internal coordination" relevant.

"I wish to express, on behalf of the Government of Bolivia, my heartfelt apologies for the reason cited above, that I'd appreciate to make known to the highest levels of the Argentine Government," contains the text. In this sense, Choquehuanca stated that "this regrettable incident" should not be interpreted as "an act of grievance that could affect the excellent level of the Bolivian-Argentine relations," noting that "Bolivia does not want to interfere" in existing procedures against Vahidi in Argentina.

STATEMENT OF THE AMIA Hours before the Government of Bolivia adopted this decision, the Delegation of Israeli Associations of Argentina (CS), which owns the AMIA, said through a statement his "unequivocal condemnation" of the visit Iranian minister. CS, which describes itself as "the political body representing the Jewish community of Argentina, recalled that Vahidi is" accused "by the attack on July 18, 1994 against the AMIA in Buenos Aires, which resulted with the death of 85 people.

It therefore considers that "their presence in a country inadmissible brother offends the memory of the victims, the Jewish community and society as a whole Argentina," according to the note, picked up by news agency Telam.

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